When it comes to styling your home, trekking around shops to find your ideal décor can become a bit of a headache. Shopping for home décor isn't like shopping for clothes. Clothes shops tend to be clustered in one area in town centres or in out-of-town malls, and you can spend a day shopping for clothes and seeing a wide variety of styles without having to travel very far.
But there is rarely a central hub of home décor shops, and even most homeware departments in the larger stores do not carry the full range of their home décor stock, because more space is given over to clothing.
Add in the fact that so many of us are time- poor these days, often juggling the demands of children, work and just life in general, can mean that shopping for home décor is really difficult.
Thankfully, the internet (as always) comes to the rescue, and today I've selected my top 10 online shops where you can find a really great array of home décor, accessories and ornaments to style your home, without leaving the comfort of your living room.
When you think Wayfair, think 'warehouse', because their range of home décor accessories is huge. They have a staggering amount of options and so they are well worth checking out. The search function on the website is easy to navigate, and their customer help team is pretty good too. Prices can vary quite widely though, and it's not the best place to bag a bargain.
Wayfair have a wide selection of home decor accessories.
Dunelm are a well-known high street home décor shop, but they also have an online offering of accessories, which isn't available in their physical stores. Their range is not as extensive as Wayfair, but they have many everyday items which will look good in most homes, and they are usually reasonably well priced.
If you haven't yet discovered shopping at Houzz, then you need to get yourself over to their website. Houzz is one of the biggest sources of inspiration for decorating your home, but recently they have added shopping functionality to their website too.
Houzz acts a marketplace for different retailers, and so you can find a wide variety of items. What I love about Houzz is that you can search by style, too. So if you're a lover of all things Industrial, or Coastal, or Traditional for example, you can find everything you need to fit in with that style just with one click of the filter option.
Another marketplace for individual suppliers, NotOnTheHighStreet is the place to go if you are looking for something a little bit different, or a little bit quirky. Although marketed as a gift company, they stock over 15,000 home decor accessories, so you should be able to find a thing or two you like!
Like the previous two online retailers, Etsy is also a marketplace for individual suppliers. As well as selling a range of hand crafted items, Etsy sells a lot of vintage and reclaimed goods too, so if you're looking for a battered old milk churn or some dusty apothecary jars, for example, Etsy is the place to go.
The name 'Amara' is synonymous with 'luxury', and their accessories are no exception. They have a wide variety of ornaments in a range of finishes, from metallics to glassware and ceramics. Their prices are not for the faint hearted, though, and certainly not for those who are working to a tight budget, but if you have a little more cash to splash, then go take a look.
Right at the other end of the pricing scale, Matalan sells a surprising range of homewares online. From metallic letter lights to tealight holders, vases, glass domes and faux flowers, if you are on more of a budget then Matalan is worth checking out.
Homescapes traditionally sold only to trade customers, and you would find their homewares mainly in department stores. However they now sell direct to the likes of you and me, through their website. They stock a range of nice looking ornaments, bookends, vases, bowls and more.
Alexander and Pearl have a unique range of home decor accessories, from animal heads to umbrella stands. Alongside some regular options, you can also pick up the odd quirky piece too, if you like something a little different.
10. Melody Maison
Melody Maison is the place to go if you are looking for romantic French inspired, or shabby chic decor. Accessories include everyday items like vintage distressed candlesticks, to the more quirky cherubs and parrots!
How to style your accessories
Of course, having the accessories is just one part of the jigsaw. The next step is knowing how to display them well to create a stunning looking scheme.